The Coopers Tavern is located on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison. It was not there when I was in college, but if it was I definitely would have visited often.
There were two items that drew me into trying Coopers. Both equally intriguing and given my love affair with pork, a must for me to try. The first is what is pictured at the beginning of this post. What is that you ask? Well, it is a Wisconsin version of Scotch Egg. A Scotch what? Yes, a scotch egg. It is a hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage and deep fried.
The Coopers Tavern version replaces sausage with a brat patty! ( In case you do not know, Wisconsin is pretty big on bratwurst.) This is served with a mustard sauce and pickled vegetables. I do not really enjoy hard boiled eggs, so I was a little bit hesitant in trying this. I figured wrapping anything in a brat patty and deep frying has to improve the flavor, right? Well I was correct. I definitely enjoyed this version of a hard boiled egg. The fried brat casing was crispy and salty. A perfect compliment to the soft and mildly flavored hardboiled egg. I had never seen or heard of a scotch/sconnie egg, but It has intrigued me to what else I can wrap in a brat patty and fry.
So what do you wash a sconnie egg down with? Well The Coopers Tavern is a bar with a large selection of beer, so I think it is an easy call. But which beer do you choose?
Well a beer that tastes like Bacon!
No, there is not bacon used in the making of this beer (now the bacon old fashioned I had in Nashville, there is bacon used). This beer is a smoked beer. It is a Marzen and comes from Bamberg, Germany. If you are interested in learning more about the beers history here is a link to the breweries website.
I think you will have to try it to believe it, but when you open this beer you smell bacon! I could not believe it, so I sat there for a few minutes smelling my beer. Yes this did look really strange and I was asked,” Why are you smelling your beer?” I gave them a whiff and they responded, “wow that smells like bacon!”. When you taste the beer it is if you bottled a campfire with an after taste of bacon. Really the only way to understand this experience is to try this for yourself!